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Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Anderson Photo Roughly two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be permitted to attend the Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington D.C. This was essentially a summit of college-level students who had excelled in some facet of academics and received a nomination to attend. From there, they were successfully selected and accepted the invitation to the conference.


From what I saw, there were almost a thousand people there. Their majors spanned from Art to Restaurant Management, from Engineering to Medical and from Political Science to Biology. The students themselves hailed from well over forty countries, and were all brimming with excitement at the opportunity to experience and take part in a major part of American history.


Of the people I met and interacted with, I was the only military academy student, so people were naturally curious. I spent a lot of time in the networking sessions explaining what I will do after I graduate, and even what I am doing now—until I graduate. And then there were the questions, and boy did I answer a multitude of them. The questions ranged from “What is the Coast Guard Academy?” to “Where does the Coast Guard operate?” and “What made you interested in being in the military?”


I was able to listen to Mary Matalin, James Carville, Jeb Bush, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Professor Jonathan Turley speak. I even got to ask a question to Jonathan Turley relating to the thesis that I wrote last year for Constitutional Law. Regardless of a person’s political orientation, I know I speak for everyone present when I say that the speakers’ messages could be identified with by anyone. I think I also speak for everyone there when I say that the speakers did an outstanding job identifying with their audience and keeping everyone in tune and interested in what they had to say. A great example of this was found when Reverend Jackson had everyone stand up and yell “I. I Am. I Am Somebody.” He then continued on with the repeating after him chant that made the points that it was my generation’s job to end the hate; to bridge the gaps between many of the cultures and countries who feel that they have been outcast, alienated or otherwise. And though I didn’t agree with everything he said (gun bans…) I still think he made many great points. Part of the problems our world faces stem from the alienation and ostracizing of cultures different than our own. The fact of the matter is that international relations will be the key to solving the problems faced by our nations and generations as we mature.

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More about Meredith.


One Day at a Time

(Academics, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo Another week of second semester is complete. Since I’ve gotten back from winter leave, it has been pretty hectic. This semester requires a lot of work. With all of my schoolwork and diving I am still managing to get out of the Academy and have fun with my friends. Time management is the key to success. Last weekend was Martin Luther King weekend and the Corps of Cadets was granted a long, which is a short break from Friday until the next Monday. I had a diving meet on Saturday so I wasn’t able to leave until Saturday night, but a group of my friends and I went to Cape Cod. We did a lot up on the Cape and made some great memories. My favorite part of the weekend was doing a polar plunge with four of my friends. The water was freezing, but the experience and sunset made it worth it. Coming back after a fun long weekend is always hard, but the week didn’t go by too slowly and the weekend was here again.


This past weekend I had a diving meet at Clark University and the team won! We all swam and dove really well and I’m so proud of the team. I went skiing with three of my friends on Sunday. There is a mountain a couple hours away from the Academy that has free lift tickets for military so we went there and skied the whole day. I’m ready for another long week of academics, but I’m also already looking forward to next weekend. Taking school one day at a time is key to a successful semester.


More about Sara.


Getting a Shout Out at the Inaugural Parade

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Murphy Photo Last weekend I marched in President Obama’s Inaugural Parade; it truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We drove down on busses on Saturday night to the Naval Academy and it was not a very comfortable night of sleep. At the Naval Academy the next morning, we practiced for the parade and had liberty for most of the day in Annapolis, which is a great city with plenty of things to see.


The following morning we were bused to Washington, D.C. We had a long day of security clearances, waiting at checkpoints, and dealing with the cold weather. It was an interesting process as we were herded from checkpoint to checkpoint in D.C. Finally after waiting all day, we made it to the National Mall, where, you guessed it, waited a little longer. When we finally started marching on the route to the President, it was starting to get dark.


As soon as we turned onto the main road, and the Coast Guard Academy was announced on the speakers in the city, all the waiting and inconveniences became worth it. I realized that I was helping represent the entire Coast Guard Academy and Coast Guard for the President of the United States. It was one of the proudest moments I have ever had. As we marched past the President, our Regimental Commander called “eyes left”, in which we all snapped our heads toward the President and received a salute from him. As we marched away, I heard a familiar voice scream, “Go Sean Murphy! Wooo! Go Eagles!” My two good friends from home, Marcus and Arianna, both came to the Inauguration and were able to spot me in the mass of cadets. It was really funny.


All in all, it was an awesome experience that I was able to share with my friends and will be able to share for the rest of my life.


More about Sean.


Back in the Groove

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Martin Photo In two years from this point, I will be a semester away from graduating! It’s pretty cool to see the excitement (and the senioritis) of the firsties as they anxiously await their departure from this beautiful place we call home. I keep thinking that will be me some day, and the sooner the better!


Getting back in the groove of things is always difficult after having an amazingly long leave at home. Yet also, we have the motivation from seeing how proud friends and family are of us, which is the fuel that keeps us going. I keep saying that whichever semester I am in is going to be the hardest; I need to get out of that habit since the next semester seems to discredit that statement every time.


Already this semester I have made up for my inability to travel last semester. The first weekend back from break, the corps was granted a long weekend so I headed to New Jersey to visit with some cousins and relax before the storm. Next was MLK weekend so I was able to do some traveling and get away that weekend, too. The next weekend, a first class and I went to NYC to represent the Coast Guard Academy’s Spectrum Council in the first ever All-Academy Spectrum Leadership Conference. It was a great weekend in the city with a lot of great work done to strengthen the bonds between our Academies and bring us together to tackle issues together. It is always fun to be in the city and to stay for free just makes it that much better! In two weeks I’ll be off to visit the Naval Academy and the Holocaust Museum so there’s been a good bit of traveling so far with plenty more planned!


We are already getting training on Cadre Summer to prep us for this great responsibility and this great challenge. Its right around the corner so get ready 2017, because we are!


More about Matt.